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Bhutan facts - great collection of trivia.

Last update : 11 February 2019


Bhutan information

Capital : Thimphu
Language :  Dzongkha
Currency :  Bhutanese ngultrum
Population : 780 300
Area : 38 394  km2

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Bhutan facts

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1. In Bhutan, beer is mainly drunk.

2. Over 68,000 motor vehicles (89 vehicles per 1,000 inhabitants) are registered in this country.

3. The top-level national domain is .bt . There are over 1 650 websites with this extension.

4. The most popular pages with the extension .bt are: bbs.bt, moaf.gov.bt and dit.gov.bt.

5. Bhutan is a large exporter of electricity generated in hydroelectric plants on rapid rivers. This is the only export product.

6. There are 168 doctors in Bhutan, they are specialists in Bhutanese medicine, no surgery has been performed there for several decades, by royal edict, after the death of one of the queens during surgery.

7. In this country there are more than 10 578 km of paved roads (0,02% of all roads in the world).

8. There are 2 airports in this country, all with paved surface.

9. The word “Bhutan” means “end of the world”

10. Political system – constitutional monarchy.

11. Full name of the country – Kingdom of Bhutan.

12. The average temperature is 5 ° C in January and 20 ° C in July.


Geography in Bhutan

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1. The lowest located place in the country is Drangeme Chhu – 97 m above sea level.

2. In this country there are over 2,000 temples.

3. Bhutan borders with such countries as: China 470 km, India 605 km.

4. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest unconquered mountain in the world. The mountain is considered a saint, which is why the authorities have banned climbing.

5. It is the only country in the world that absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces.

6. The constitution states that a minimum of 60% of the country’s area must cover forests.

7. The country is 6.6 times smaller than Poland.

8. The highest peak is Gangkhar Puensum 7570 m above sea level.

9. There are 5200 km2 of agricultural land in Bhutan (14% of the country).

10. The highest located city in the country is Laya.

11. 32166 km2 of the country is covered by forests (83.8%)

12. It is a country on three sides cut off from the world by mountains.

13. All roads are unusually winding. Over a distance of about 200 km takes even over 7 hours.

14. The longest, hardened and straight section in the whole country is the runway at the Paro airport.

15. The government does not agree to the construction of factories and mines to protect the environment from pollution.

100. The nearest capital in a straight line from Thimphu is Dhaka (Bangladesh) – 419 km.

101. The furthest capital city in a straight line from Thimphu is Santiago (Chile) – 18015 km.


Finance in Bhutan

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1. The minimum wage is 3,750 ngultrum per month (data from 2014).

2. The amount of income tax in Bhutan is 30%.

3. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 25%, and for companies 30% (2018).

4. The tax on goods and services is 0% (2018).

5. The level of inflation in 2018 is 1.5%.

6. Gross domestic product (GDP) …
– in 2015 it is $ 2,221,000,000 (PLN 9 505 880 000) ,
– in 2018 it is $ 2,510,000,000 (PLN 10,742,800,000).

7. Internal debt at the beginning of …
2015 was 101.3% of GDP, which is about: $ 2,249,873,000 (PLN 9 629 456 440),
2018 year was 109% GDP, i.e. around: $ 2,735,900,000 (PLN 11,709,652,000). To pay it back, each citizen would have to give about $ 3,555 (PLN 15,234).

8. Foreign debt at the beginning of …
2015 was around: $ 1,665,000,000 ,
2018 year is around: $ 2,550,000,000 .

9. The country has over $1 245 000 000 of foreign exchange reserves (0.01% of foreign currency reserves of all countries in the world).


Law in Bhutan

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1. Built-up area allowed speed depending on the area varies from 8 to 30 km / h.

2. Outside the built-up area, the permitted speed is 50 km / h.

3. The permissible blood alcohol content of a person driving a car is 0.8 per mille.

4. In this country there is left-hand traffic.

5. In this country, hitchhiking is forbidden.

6. Only hotels chosen by the government can accept tourists. This is to protect monuments and the environment.

7. In this country, the tourist season runs from February to May and from September to the beginning of December.

8. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 25%, and for companies 30% (2018).

9. The tax on goods and services is 0% (2018).

10. The constitution states that a minimum of 60% of the country’s area must cover forests.

11. In this country, men and women can get married at the age of 18.

12. The use of plastic bags has been banned since 1999.

13. You must not wear pants when visiting offices. The exception are people who perform official or religious functions in the country.

14. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 62 days.

15. The last death penalty was made in 1974.

16. In this country there is a total ban on smoking for citizens. Tourists can smoke in specially designated, secluded places. There is a large fine for the natives.


Education in Bhutan

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1. The average IQ level is 80.

2. In this country there are 35.1% of people above 15 years of age who can not read or write (approximately 269 793 people).


Work in Bhutan

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1. The minimum wage is 3,750 ngultrum per month (data from 2014).

2. The amount of income tax in Bhutan is 30%.

3. The unemployment rate in 2018 is 2.5% .

4. In this country, the amount of income tax for natural persons is 25%, and for companies 30% (2018).

5. In this country, the formalities associated with setting up a business last 62 days.

6. The work week is 40 hours.


Best in Bhutan

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1. The lowest located place in the country is Drangeme Chhu – 97 m above sea level.

2. The most deadly disease in this country is respiratory tract infection.

3. In this country there are over 2,000 temples.

4. Monks from Bhutan have over 100,000 different prayers written.

5. The ruler of this country proposed that “national gross happiness” should be taken as the measure of the country’s development. Thanks to this, in 2006, he was recognized as one of 100 people in the world, exerting the greatest influence on the fate of the world.

6. Bhutan is the happiest country in Asia.

7. Gangkhar Puensum is the highest unconquered mountain in the world. The mountain is considered a saint, which is why the authorities have banned climbing.

8. It is the only country in the world that absorbs more carbon dioxide than it produces.

9. Thimphu is the only capital in the world where there are no street lights at all.

10. The highest peak is Gangkhar Puensum 7570 m above sea level.

11. The highest located city in the country is Laya.

12. The longest, hardened and straight section in the whole country is the runway at the Paro airport.

13. The lowest temperature: -12,9 °C was measured in Paro.

14. The highest temperature: 40 °C was measured in Phuentsholing.


Army in Bhutan

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1. Bhutan takes 134 place in the ranking of the best armies in the world.

2. Number of soldiers:
2014 year – professional and reservists ,
2018 year – 7,500 professional and 0 reservists.

3. Number of equipment:
2018 year – 0 tanks, 10 > armored vehicles, 2 jet aircraft and 2 helicopters.

4. The army in 2018 was assigned over 10,000,000 dollars.


Society in Bhutan

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1. In Bhutan, an average person consumes about 0.7 liters of pure alcohol per year.

2. In 2013, 59 people lost their lives as a result of road accidents.

3. 13.5% of the population live on less than 3 $a day.

4. The average IQ level is 80.

5. A woman gives birth to 2 children on average.

6. In this country over 254,000 (2015) 370 423 (2018) people have access to the internet ( about 48% of the population).

7. Around 200,000 (2015) 350,000 (2018) accounts on Facebook.

8. About 30% of Bhutan’s population is 14 years old.

9. The population density is 16 people / km2.

10. The main religion is Buddhism, 72%.

11. There are 107 men per 100 women.

12. This country lives in ??? Poles.

13. The average age people living in this country is 26.7 years old.

14. The country is around:
206,000 people (26.76%) in the age range 0-14 years.
517 000 people (67.12%) in the age range 15-64 years.
47 200 people (6.12%) over 65 years old.

15. In this country, about 13,700 children are born each year (1.8% of the population), and about 5,200 people die (0.7% of the population).

16. 35 people out of 1000 possess firearms.

17. 9% of the country’s population lives in urban areas.

18. In this country there is a total ban on smoking for citizens. Tourists can smoke in specially designated, secluded places. There is a large fine for the natives.

19. In this country an adult person smokes an average of 10 cigarettes a month.

20. The average life expectancy in this country is 65.8 years (women – 67.8 years and men – 64.1 years).


Symbols of Bhutan

1. The national tree is Bhutanese cypress.

2. National animals are the mythical dragon Druk and takin (mammal from the family of bovines).

3. National sport is archery.

4. The national animal of Bhutan is “Takin” – a combination of a goat with an antelope.

5. National sport is archery.


Customs in Bhutan

1. The most ardent monks are given an extremely difficult test. They must spend 3 years, 3 months, 3 weeks and 3 days in isolation.

2. Murals on the walls in the shape of genital organs are not worse, but bring happiness.

3. In Bhutan, manners require that people refuse to eat when someone proposes. Traditionally, “meshu meshu” is said and it covers your mouth with your hand. Only after two or three requests to try, you can take advantage of the refreshments.

4. You must not wear pants when visiting offices. The exception are people who perform official or religious functions in the country.


Sport in Bhutan

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1. National sport is archery.

2. National sport is archery.


History of Bhutan

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1. On February 5, 2016, the first child of King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Queen Dzieniec Pema was born. To celebrate this day, the people of Bhutan planted 108,000 trees all over the country, and wishes for the little prince were placed on each of them.

2. Until 1962, the capital of Bhutan was the city where the king was currently located.

3. The ruler of this country proposed that “national gross happiness” should be taken as the measure of the country’s development. Thanks to this, in 2006, he was recognized as one of 100 people in the world, exerting the greatest influence on the fate of the world.

4. Television in this country was banned until 1999.

5. In this country, women have the right to vote since 1953.

6. He joined the United Nations on September 21, 1971.

7. When in 1963 the first car came to Bhutan, people brought hay to feed him.

8. The then minister, that the machine would not get too tired, ordered the driver to drive only in first gear.

9. The first plane landed in 1983. None of the citizens of this country will be allowed to board it before the local astrologer lets the evil spirits out of their way to make the prophecy about the flight successful.


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What is the highest peak in Bhutan?

The highest peak in Bhutan is Gangkhar Puensum (7570 m above sea level).

answer: Marta


What is the largest river in Bhutan?

The largest river in Bhutan is Sankosz (360 km).

answer: Marta


What is the largest lake in Bhutan?

In this country there are over 2 600 small post-glacial lakes.

answer: Marta


What is the national animal?

The national animal is a mythical dragon Druk and takin (mammal from the family of bovines).

answer: Marta


What is the national sport?

National sport is archery.

answer: Marta


Which countries borders Bhutan?

Bhutan borders with such countries as: China 470 km, India 605 km.

answer: Marta


What is the average age of people living in this country?

The average age of people living in this country is 26.7 years.

answer: Marta


What is the minimum wage?

The minimum wage is 3,750 ngultrum per month (data from 2014).

answer: Marta


What is the population density in Bhutan?

The population density is 20 people per km2.

answer: Marta


What is the motto of this country?

Motto of the country – “The kingdom of the dragon of thunder”.

answer: Marta


What is the highest temperature recorded in this country?

The highest temperature: 40 ° C was measured in Phuentsholing.

answer: Marta


What is the lowest temperature recorded in this country?

The lowest temperature: -12,9 ° C was measured in Paro.

answer: Marta


With how many years can you legally buy alcohol?

In this country, alcohol can be bought at the age of 18.

answer: Marta